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Construction begins on $8.6M senior-living project in Harrisburg

A rendering for Paxton Place, a new senior-living project being built in Harrisburg. - (Photo / Submitted)

A Cumberland County developer has started construction on a 37-unit apartment building for seniors in Harrisburg.

The $8.6 million project, Paxton Place, is at 1100 S. 20th St. It is being undertaken by Lower Allen Township-based affordable-housing developer Monarch Development Group LLC and Paxton Ministries, a nonprofit that provides affordable housing and support services to people in need.

The apartment building is next to the nonprofit’s Paxton Street Home, which serves adults of all ages, many of whom have disabilities.

Monarch said the new housing project will include 35 one-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units for people ages 62 and older with limited incomes. To be eligible to move in, single tenants must make less than $31,380 per year. The income cap for two-person households is $35,880.

Construction is slated to wrap up in fall 2019. Harrisburg-based JEM Group LLC is the general contractor on the project. The civil engineer is R.J. Fisher & Associates Inc., based in New Cumberland, and the architect is Montgomery County-based Kramer Marks Architects

The development is being financed by a variety of sources, including federal low-income housing tax credits purchased by Mid Penn Bank.

Other sources of funding include the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership, Dauphin County Housing Trust Fund, Impact Harrisburg, Market Square Presbyterian Church and Pinnacle Foundation. Resident services and/or funding also is being provided by Messiah Lifeways, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and UPMC Pinnacle, among others.

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